West Indies pick Kemar Roach in the ODI squad for the first time in two years

Kemar Roach receives an ODI call-up after nearly two years in the series against India.

The fastmen Kemar Roach was called up to the West Indies ODI squad for the first time in nearly two and half years on Wednesday with the pacemen returning for the next month’s three-match ODI series against India.

The 33-year-old from Barbados has been a regular in West Indies red ball cricket squads but played the last ODI  of his 92 one-day international against India at Port of Spain in August 2019.

Desmond Haynes who is the new chief selector recently said to Reuters, “Kemar Roach is one of our leading fast bowlers and we believe we need bowlers upfront to get those early wickets and with the economy rate of 5 which he has is good enough to play.”

West Indies have also Brandon King and middle-order batsmen Nkrumah Bonner called back to their 15 men squad which will be led by the ODI skipper Kerion Pollard.

The board thinks they need to have competition for the places in the squad and they need to reach a stage where there are many players fighting for the position. They need to broaden the pool of players to choose from and the side which they have selected is a bunch of good lads. Also will be looking at India’s tour as part of the preparation for the World Cup in 2023.

The West Indies tour of India will begin on February 6th where they will play three ODIs in Ahmedabad which will be followed by 3 T20 matches in Kolkata.

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